How can citizen journalism empower young women?

How can citizen journalism empower young women?

Why is there a rise in the number of young women using citizen journalism platforms? To understand this, we need to look at the way political systems have continuously been shaped by the power of the citizen voice.

Meera Vijayann, Guest blogger at Time for Equality, will be presenting a talk at the TEDx Houses of Parliament on June 27th at the QEII Conference Centre in London. An award-winning citizen journalist, she will reveal insights on how young women in India have used citizen journalism platforms to raise their voice against harassment.

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About Meera Vijayann:

Meera Vijayann leads communications at Ashoka India, a global network of leading social entrepreneurs, and is working towards leveraging digital media for social change and empowerment. Through the use of citizen journalism platforms, Meera explores creative ways that young women can participate in political, community and governance matters. As an elected member of the inaugural class of +SocialGood connectors, she facilitates dialogue between entrepreneurs, innovators and institutions to tackle global issues around gender rights and sexual violence.

In 2013, she won the CNN IBN Citizen Journalist Award for her reporting in the aftermath of the Delhi rape case. Her articles and blogs have appeared in the Guardian, CNN, Open Democracy, IBN LIVE, The Deccan Herald, The New Indian Express and other major media outlets.

About TEDx:

In the spirit of “ideas worth spreading”, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. 

To know more about the TEDx HoP, do log on to their website.

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